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New call after cancer report.

Byline: By JESSICA FLYNN South Wales Echo

A leaked report has claimed cancer risks from nuclear installations could be 10 times as great as previously thought. The report from CERRIE - the Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters - says the risk of cancer from exposure inside the body could be higher than the international safety limits allow.

But although the report also suggests the risk could be lower, campaigners have renewed their call for GE Healthcare, formerly Amersham plc, whose Cardiff plant makes diagnostic medical equipment, to stop using the radioactive chemical tritium.

But director of site operations at the Whitchurch plant, Mike Adlam, said its emissions of tritium were well within legal limits. 'Since 1996 we have achieved an average of almost 60 per cent reductions in discharges. Regulatory reports routinely demonstrate that the impact of our discharges is only a small percentage of the legal limit,' he said.

However campaigner Norma Procter, of Community Concern in Cardiff, said: 'We hope this report will prompt the authorities in Wales and the UK to take a firmer line with Amersham (GE Healthcare).': THE FACTS:Amersham is in Whitchurch. It recently changed its trading name to GE Healthcare. The company makes medical equipment. It has been at the centre of scare stories because some of its products contain radioactive material.
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Date:Jul 27, 2004
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